Looking for the most awesome guns when hunting in the mountains? We have seven models for you right here!
In this article:
- Remington Model 700 XCR II
- Kimber 84M Mountain Ascent
- Winchester Model 70 Extreme Weather SS
- Savage Model 16/116 FCSS
- HS Precision Pro Series 2000
- Thompson Center Venture Composite SS
- Ruger M77 Hawkeye All-Weather
7 Awesome Guns for Your Mountain Hunting Trips
Hunting in the Mountains
When you’re hunting in the mountains, you have to be sure your firearm is in good working condition when you’re out there in the woods. There are several different aspects and features of guns that make them desirable for different uses.
Having the right rifle for the hunt will make for a fine hunting experience. There’s no telling when you’ll be in a dangerous situation in the mountains, and your rifle can make the difference in matter’s of defending yourself apart from hunting—it must not fail.
Carrying all those hunting gears along with your rifle can be very grueling, not to mention the needed focus as you aim for your target. That is why some rifles are specially made to be lightweight and can be comfortably carried for the moving hunter.
Though some are a few pounds heavier than others, these rifles offer a more stable aim and a number of features that serve other purposes.
Ultimately, the hunter chooses his gun and regardless of the rifle’s weight, it shouldn’t take away the durability and reliability of the firearm. Check out best guns ever made for mountain hunting and see which of these suits your hunting needs.
1. Remington Model 700 XCR II
This gun is for extreme weather and conditions — a ready remake of the classic Remington. This rifle is very scratch and weather resistant due to its stainless steel coated with Trinyte.
What is Trinyte? A very thin multi-layer coating for firearms that provides a tough armor for protection against abrasion and rust.
This rifle is sturdy and rugged, a feature which makes it well worth the extra heaviness of this gun.
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2. Kimber 84M Mountain Ascent
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The Kimber 84M Mountain Ascent is a reputable brand for mountain rifles. This featherweight rifle weighs in a less than five pounds, making it the lightest rifle you’re likely to come across on this market.
It is also incredibly resistant to even the most extreme weather conditions making this Kimber one of the best wilderness survival guns in the market. This rifle has a great look to it and fits well on the shoulder.
3. Winchester Model 70 Extreme Weather SS
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Another rifle modeled after a classic, this version stands up to the weather in a big way. Weighing in just a bit heavier than a featherweight rifle, this gun is lightweight but far from delicate.
4. Savage Model 16/116 FCSS
The Accutrigger and overall construction of this rifle contribute to a lot of precision. At around 7 pounds, this is a great gun for mountain hunting.
This rifle is rugged, accurate, and budget-friendly. The quality and affordability of this gun make it one of the essential guns to own.
5. HS Precision Pro Series 2000
This rifle is another ideal option for a mountain hunter. Though not having the lightweight feature, this gun weighs in at 10-12 pounds and arguably the most accurate rifle you can lay your hands on.
The rifle can be fully customized to a hunter’s needs, whether for the hunt of a lifetime or a lifetime of many hunts.
6. Thompson Center Venture Composite SS
This is among the most reliable and long lasting of rifles on the market right now. Long-term dependability is key to a good mountain hunting rifle.
This rifle has all sorts of great features—an externally adjustable trigger, good caliber variety, match crowned barrel and guaranteed 1 MOA accuracy.
7. Ruger M77 Hawkeye All-Weather
This gun isn’t the lightest on this list, but it’s still a very manageable 7 pounds. The extra ruggedness is definitely worth a little extra weight.
This rifle is available in multiple caliber options.
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What do you think of this rifle list? The hunter must be comfortable with his weapon in all aspects.
Each person has his own unique style and ways of doing things. I personally prefer heavier rifles as I feel like I have more shooting control with it.
This may not be true to all shooters who do exceptionally well with lightweight hunting rifles.
Which of these awesome guns do you think will suit you best? Tell us about it in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on March 17, 2014, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.